A Willing Murder

A Willing Murder

New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story of old secrets, deadly grudges and an improbable group of friends who are determined to uncover the truth regardless of the consequences? Sara Medlar is a household name in romance, with millions of books sold. But lately, retirement has been boring her and she?s f New York Times bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux makes her debut in the world of mystery with a story o...

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Title:A Willing Murder
Author:Jude Deveraux
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:0778369293
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:333 pages pages

A Willing Murder Reviews

  • Kristin
    Oct 04, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

  • Regan
    Oct 22, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

  • Kirsten "Ghost Deserved Better"
    Oct 03, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

  • Lesa
    Sep 15, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

  • Annarella
    Mar 08, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    First in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the title, but it soon became clear that humor would be as evident as the mystery elements in this story. Oh, and a teasing kind of relationship between Kate and Jack, which slowly develops when Kate comes t...

    3.5 stars. Romance novelist Sara Medlar retires to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida where she's bought a large house. Jack Wyatt, grandson of the man she loved, spends a year renovating the home for her. Then he's in an auto accident where his brother dies and he is injured. Sara persu...

    This is a murder mystery with fun filled main characters who seem like real people. The main characters are Sara Medlar, her neice,Kate and Jackson Wyatt, the grandson of the man Sara loved. All of these people are living in a big house that Jack refurbished after Sara bought it from t...

    3 1/2 stars. I was all set to leave a bad review when I was almost to the end.... but the end surprised me and I ended up being happy with the book. I just knew I knew the murderer the whole time... but I had it wrong! This author normally writes romance but tried a murder mystery and ...

    This book is very good: a solid mystery with no plot hole, a cast characters well written and fleshed out and good style of writing. It's enjoyable and entertaining, once you start you cannot put it down. I really liked it and will surely read other books by this author. Recommended...

  • Carolyn
    Mar 08, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

  • Janie
    Jul 30, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

  • Rob Banks
    Jun 27, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

  • Dawn ♥ romance
    Nov 08, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

  • Madison Warner Fairbanks
    Oct 01, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

  • Robin Loves Reading
    Apr 08, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

  • Richard
    Apr 30, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

  • Julie
    Mar 28, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

  • Margaret
    Oct 16, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

  • Sue
    Sep 30, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

  • Jenea Whittington
    Jul 29, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

  • Becky
    Sep 25, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

  • Kate Vale
    Mar 16, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    First in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the title, but it soon became clear that humor would be as evident as the mystery elements in this story. Oh, and a teasing kind of relationship between Kate and Jack, which slowly develops when Kate comes t...

  • Linda Smatzny
    Jan 11, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    First in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the title, but it soon became clear that humor would be as evident as the mystery elements in this story. Oh, and a teasing kind of relationship between Kate and Jack, which slowly develops when Kate comes t...

    3.5 stars. Romance novelist Sara Medlar retires to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida where she's bought a large house. Jack Wyatt, grandson of the man she loved, spends a year renovating the home for her. Then he's in an auto accident where his brother dies and he is injured. Sara persu...

    This is a murder mystery with fun filled main characters who seem like real people. The main characters are Sara Medlar, her neice,Kate and Jackson Wyatt, the grandson of the man Sara loved. All of these people are living in a big house that Jack refurbished after Sara bought it from t...

  • Rebecca Kordesh
    Sep 24, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

  • Susan
    Oct 06, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

  • Lorraine
    Mar 02, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

  • Kaitlyn Dunnett
    Oct 04, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

  • Donna
    Dec 19, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    First in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the title, but it soon became clear that humor would be as evident as the mystery elements in this story. Oh, and a teasing kind of relationship between Kate and Jack, which slowly develops when Kate comes t...

    3.5 stars. Romance novelist Sara Medlar retires to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida where she's bought a large house. Jack Wyatt, grandson of the man she loved, spends a year renovating the home for her. Then he's in an auto accident where his brother dies and he is injured. Sara persu...

  • Lady Delacour
    Mar 04, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

  • Catherine
    Oct 05, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

  • Lara
    Oct 01, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

  • Alicia Proctor
    Sep 14, 2018

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

  • Amanda DeLana
    Mar 11, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...

    3 Stars - what gives it 3 stars instead of 4? I did enjoy this novel - it was a quick read, there were not pockets of time where the story dragged, and god, I love the relationship between Sara, Kate, and Jack - the sarcastic joking and quips between one another are right up my alley. ...

    While I was reading I wrote a list of my thoughts which is became a list of all the things I found wrong with this book. It includes everything from unnatural dialogue, baffling unfunny jokes, to fat/food shaming. Now that I've finished I realize this long, nit-picky list isn't going t...

    You can tell this author is usually a romance writer but she wrote a nice mystery. I thought I knew the murderer fairly early but there were some surprises at the end. It?s written with characters and back story that will allow for additional books. I heard Jude talk about her book a...

    This book is Jude Deveraux? first foray into the mystery category. Jude Deveraux?s A Willing Murder (A Medlar Mystery #1) has her readable writing style, well-defined main characters, and a 20 year old murder to solve. The likeable threesome become amateur sleuths who find themselv...

    Way too slow. It seemed like the entire plot hinged upon people not telling each other things. (view spoiler)[ The simple fact the Jack sat through multiple tellings of how Cheryl sexually assaulted him as an 11 year old and never denied it absolutely stymied me. The statement "nobody ...

    Well, it's not like her usual style of books at all. It was an OK mystery but I had pretty much figured out the mystery murderer ahead of time. No romance at all, which is odd for a Jude Deveraux book. Maybe the lack of romance is what turned me off? I don't know but I also got annoyed...

    Firstly let me say Jude Deveraux is a new author to me. This book appealed to me in part that it was set in FLORIDA, U.S.A. While it isn't Murder she wrote it is a tribute to the amateur sleuth. The prologue sets the mystery up beautifully. There is a sense of malice and a righteous...

    Jude Deveraux, one of my favorite authors of historical (and some contemporary) romance, has decided to make a foray into the world of cozy mysteries. A Willing Murder has well thought out characters, complicated family relations, and a town where every seems to be in two camps. Wh...

    A Willing Murder is the first book I?ve read from Deveraux, and when I finished I was happy that I gave this little murder mystery a try. The story stars shortly after Kate Medlar moves herself to a little town in Florida with her very reclusive and mysterious Aunt. Sara is an ...

    I enjoyed this story with plenty of action that moved right along. Although there really wasn't much of the typical romance involved, I particularly liked the interaction between the main characters. I did suspect the bad guy but had enough doubt to keep it interesting. Kate is offered...

    Sometimes I get a little nervous when one of my favorite authors writes a different type of book then they're used to writing; I'm afraid that I won't like it, but I usually do. This is one of those instances. I've read all Jude Deveraux's romances, but was nervous I wouldn't like her ...

    For the most part I found the story entertained me. Listened with TTS. Cleanish with Adult and Foul Language. ...

    I can't believe this was written by Jude Deveraux. She was one of the first romance writers I read and am pretty sure I have read everything she has ever written. The voice in this one is no where near her usual voice. It is billed as a mystery but it's more of a cozy -- which is fine....

    I liked the characters in this first in a series enough that I'll probably read the next one, if only to find out more of the backstory, but a couple of times I misread a section because a character was being sarcastic and I took their comment seriously, missing the few words that clue...

    The author's move to contemporary mystery is a fun venture. The start is less cohesive than a solid murder suspense, but the plot tightens and moves forward. The witty dialog mentioned by some reviewers seemed to be more awkward than entertaining at the first, but that too smooths out ...

    I really enjoyed this story. Sarah reminded me of Jude! Some of Jude?s romance books have an element of mystery and thriller which is why she is my favorite! I have been anxiously waiting to read A Willing Murder. This is up there as one of my favorites as the story ties up nicely an...

    This isn't much different than her romances. I knew who the bad guy was almost from the beginning but I still enjoyed it. She's one of my favorite authors. ...

    First in the Medlar Mystery series. I wasn't sure what to expect after reading the title, but it soon became clear that humor would be as evident as the mystery elements in this story. Oh, and a teasing kind of relationship between Kate and Jack, which slowly develops when Kate comes t...

    3.5 stars. Romance novelist Sara Medlar retires to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida where she's bought a large house. Jack Wyatt, grandson of the man she loved, spends a year renovating the home for her. Then he's in an auto accident where his brother dies and he is injured. Sara persu...

    This is a murder mystery with fun filled main characters who seem like real people. The main characters are Sara Medlar, her neice,Kate and Jackson Wyatt, the grandson of the man Sara loved. All of these people are living in a big house that Jack refurbished after Sara bought it from t...

    3 1/2 stars. I was all set to leave a bad review when I was almost to the end.... but the end surprised me and I ended up being happy with the book. I just knew I knew the murderer the whole time... but I had it wrong! This author normally writes romance but tried a murder mystery and ...

  • Christina/ The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!
    Apr 23, 2019

    A Willing Murder by Jude Devereaux is a 2018 MIRA publication. An impressive beginning for this new mystery series! Kate wants to learn more about her deceased father, a man she never had a chance to know. To that end, she hunts down her father?s sister, Sara. To her surprise...

    I had a not-so-nice review typed up, but I?ve deleted it. Here?s the gist: I love OG Jude and am willing to forgive her many things as a result. I was almost on board with this story by the end, but I could NOT get past the protagonist obsessing about food being ?sinful?...

    A Willing Murder by Jude Deveraux A murder mystery story. First in a series. A fun read. Quirky character interaction. I actually loved how Sara, Jack and Kate bounce off each other. The three of them sitting on a couch together as they talk to suspects clearly shows how comfortabl...

    I won't say bestselling romance author Jude Deveraux has written herself into her first mystery, but the wonderful Sara Medlar character sounds familiar. If you read Deveraux' website, she's living in Florida, loves boxing and weightlifting, and drives a Mini Cooper. Sara Medlar is a r...

    I had this book in my TBR pile since it first came out. When I started to see the reviews, I put it aside. Then, the second book in the series arrived and I knew I had to read it. However, I'm a "series from beginning to end" kind of gal, so I picked this up. Well, this is another r...

    An unlikely trio become a team of amateur sleuths in this first book in a new series by Jude Devereaux. Sara Medlar, an aging and rather prolific romance writer, has returned to her hometown of Lachlan, Florida. It is a huge home and before she knows it, she is sharing it. For starters...

    This was a hard pass for me. Way too much in-story narration to explain away the plot points that didn't make sense and the very unrealistic things going on during a murder investigation. I was not engaged, I did not care about the characters (alive or dead) and was especially annoyed ...

    It was a good read, but it was very predictable. ...